A man has been jailed for a six years and three months for stabbing his landlord in an unprovoked attack.
Ainars Jozans, 29, knifed his landlord in the chest shortly after paying him the rent that he owed.
The landlord was giving Jozans a lift to The Water Gardens shops in Harlow, West Essex, when the tenant produced the blade, hidden up his sleeve, before the attack.
But after bravely fighting off Jozans, the victim managed to drive himself to hospital for treatment, having suffered a small puncture wound.
Jozans, of Pyenest Road, in Harlow, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of a knife at Chelmsford Crown Court, and was handed a prison sentence of five years and three months for the first charge, and 12 months’ imprisonment for possessing a weapon, with both sentences ordered to run concurrently.
Sergeant Michael Orr, of Harlow CID, said: “Jozans willingly paid his landlord rent and he asked for a lift to the town centre.
“The victim went out of his way to help him, only to be stabbed to the side to the chest.
“He suffered a small puncture wound but bravely fought off his attacker and escaped.
“Jozans has never revealed why he carried out his unprovoked attack and he has now been locked in prison for a number of years.”